This tournament was incredible – we only had four games again but some of them were going to be the hardest games of the season (both Manchester and Selkirk were demoted Div 2 teams and we’d seen Matlock playing well in the last tournament at York).
A pleaseant warm up against FOA helped our goal difference with a 7-0 win. In high spirits we played our hardest game against Manchester: first half was perhaps evenly played but they piled on the pressure in the 2nd with more than one chaotic fight under our nets. I guess this is why it was so good to sneak a beautiful goal and beat them 1-0!
Selkirk turned out to be easier than expected with a comfortable 5-2 win and then a pretty scrappy game left us 3-1 clear against Matlock (with an amusing penalty given to little Pete after he had his head slammed onto the offending players boat… :-/).
Beer and Curry were much needed – Rusholme called and we answered. Quality, quality evening.
[From left to right: Chris, Pete, Steve, Davis, Matt – this is from Irleand 2005 (I need a more recent team picture with Matt Wray on it!!)]